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My Best Friend (I) (2006)
"Mon meilleur ami" (original title)

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Catherine, refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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François
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Bruno
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Catherine
Julie Durand ...
Louise
Jacques Mathou ...
Père Bruno
Marie Pillet ...
Mère Bruno
Élisabeth Bourgine ...
Julia (as Elizabeth Bourgine)
Henri Garcin ...
Delamotte
Jacques Spiesser ...
Letellier
Philippe du Janerand ...
Luc Lebinet
Fabienne Chaudat ...
Épouse Lebinet
Jean-François Kopf ...
Commissaire priseur
Alain Rimoux ...
Marchand dîner
Marc Faure ...
Ami dîner 1
Éric Frey ...
Ami dîner 2
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François is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. Having accepted the wager, François naively tears through his address book, trying to shoehorn an increasingly unlikely series of contacts into the all-important role. Moving through Paris, he keeps encountering a trivia-spouting, big-hearted cabbie named Bruno. Bruno's chatty, lowbrow ways grate against François's designer temperament, but he covets the other man's easy way with people. He convinces Bruno to teach him how to make friends and sets about learning the "... Written by IFC Films

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It takes a lifetime to learn the meaning of friendship...Francois has 10 days.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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20 December 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mi mejor amigo  »

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Opening Weekend:

$45,246 (USA) (13 July 2007)

Gross:

$1,422,461 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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When François and Louise sit in Bruno's taxi, during a cut showing the passengers the taxi is moving, but in the cuts before and after (showing the driver) the same cars can be seen parked on the side as if the taxi was standing still in between. See more »

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Bruno: Are you married?
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A delightful, introspective French film!
12 September 2006 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Patrice Leconte's "Mon Meilleur Ami" (My Best Friend), as the title suggests, is all about friendship. Real friendship.

Francois (French star Daniel Auteuil) is a middle-aged Parisian with everything you could ever want - a rewarding job as an antique dealer, a stylish flat, a loving girlfriend, and a teenage daughter. What he doesn't realize, but soon brutally learns, is that he doesn't have any true friends!

The bet is made. Francois has 10 days to come up with a best friend to show off to his colleagues. If he doesn't, he will lose his newly acquired antique Greek vase. And so, the search begins. What we witness is a hilarious quest to find true friends, one that resonates well in real life. As Francois rides through Paris in search of his bet-winning friend, he encounters a trivia-know-it-all cab driver, Bruno (captivating Dany Boon). As the two meet over and over again in comical situations, we begin to wonder, did Francois finally meet his new best friend?

It's fascinating to watch these charming characters go through these experiences with friendship, something that we have all gone through. You will go through a whole range of emotions as you watch this film, laughter, shock, sadness. But in the end, this film reminds us what is really important in life - our relationships with people.

This film reminds of "Le Diner de Cons" with the great Jacques Villeret, and as that film, this one has something for everyone. I strongly recommend you to see it!

(My review is from the world premiere on September 12th, 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival.)


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